Golfers, caddies and spectators ran for shelter on Sunday as hail began to clear the course at AT & T Pebble Beach's Pro-Am.
The pea-sized frozen pellets soon covered the greens and the game had to be suspended.
Paul Casey had a three-shot lead over Phil Mickelson at the time. The game was to resume at 13 hours. local hour. The last race was delayed by one hour because of the rain. The tournament will probably be finished on Monday.
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Workers used squeegees and leaf blowers to eliminate hail.
Temperatures had been in mid-40s, but wind chill gave the impression of being in the top 30.
This is the kind of time that once gave the event its reputation. It was known as "Crosby Weather" when Bing Crosby was the tournament host for nearly half a century.
Pebble had a tour in 1962 postponed because of the snow. Jimmy Demaret rolled out of bed at the lodge, looked at the 18th green and said, "I know I had a lot to drink last night … but how did I end up at Squaw Valley? "
The tournament has worked well over the last two decades, with a few exceptions. Dustin Johnson won the first of his two titles in 2009, when the last round was postponed to Monday because of the rain, and then canceled because the storm system did not want to leave.
The last time the last round was played on Monday was in 2000, when Tiger Woods caught up to five shots to win his sixth straight start on the PGA Tour.
Mickelson also won on a Monday – in August. It was in 1998, when the rain soddened the Monterey Peninsula in February, and the PGA Tour decided to play in the third round the day after the PGA Championship win on the Pacific Coast in Sahalee. .
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